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  • Ebola researchers frustrated by lack of support until outbreak hits

    10/22/2014 4:13:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Judith White, who runs a research lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test potential countermeasures against Ebola in March — just as Liberia was confirming its first two cases of the deadly virus. The project, a collaboration of the university, the Army and a drug company, showed promising early results: Mice injected with two compounds — one used in a drug to treat female infertility, the other found in a breast cancer drug — showed immunity to Ebola. But a few months later, not...
  • Govt Stops New Funding and Calls for Voluntary Pause on Research of Pandemic Potential of Pathogens

    10/20/2014 12:08:06 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 20, 2014 | Liz Klimas
    While federal and state agencies institute new policies and procedures in light of Ebola making an appearance in the U.S., the White House has called for a suspension on research involving other viruses with deadly potential for the time being. On Friday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced its moratorium on funding new “gain-of-function” research, saying it plans to further assess its risks and benefits. It also called for a voluntary stop on current research in this field. “Because the deliberative process launching today will aim to address key questions about the risks and benefits of...
  • The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research

    10/15/2014 10:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/15/2014 | Glenn Kessler
    “Republican cuts kill” – new Web ad by the Agenda Project Action Fund This ad is simply a more extreme version of a new Democratic talking point — that GOP budget cuts have harmed the nation’s ability to handle the Ebola outbreak. It mixes statistics — the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “cut” $585 million (the ad offers no date range) — with disturbing images of the outbreak and various Republican leaders saying variations of the word “cut.” A slightly more nuanced version of this theme was launched by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which...
  • Attacking Type 2 Diabetes from a New Direction with Encouraging Results

    10/06/2014 8:40:27 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 26 replies
    Rutgers Today ^ | 10/05/14 | Rob Forman
    According to Jin, a major cause of insulin resistance is the accumulation of excess fat in the cells of the liver, as well as in muscle tissue. The fat disrupts the process where, ordinarily, insulin would cause body tissues to correctly absorb glucose – blood sugar – and use it as a fuel. With nowhere else to go, much of the excess glucose remains in the bloodstream, where in high concentrations it can damage tissues throughout the body – potentially leading to blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular diseases and other severe health problems. “Our goal in this study was to find...
  • What Is 'Real Scientific Research'? (Institute for Creation Research)

    08/20/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT · by fishtank · 9 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-20-14 | Brian Thomas
    What Is 'Real Scientific Research'? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * A recent article in The Dallas Morning News1 and a follow-up NBC interview2 presented some history and touched on the tenets of the Institute for Creation Research. Both news reports sparked inquiries from readers and viewers. For example, some are now asking, "What defines credible scientific research?" As the article points out, [ICR's Director of Research, Dr. Jason] "Lisle says his team analyzes the same data as secular scientists—but they interpret it differently, and often find flaws in accepted assumptions."1 Studying, analyzing, and interpreting data are a part of any...
  • A bacterium that destroys tumors' dark heart shows promise

    08/16/2014 7:50:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Melissa Healy
    When scientists injected spores of a weakened form of the bacterium Clostridium novyi directly into the soft-tissue tumors of dogs and that of a single human subject, the results were not only abscesses, fever and pain at the site--all inflammatory responses that showed the immune system had been drawn to the area. In a matter of hours, the bacterial spores quickly found their way into these tumors' necrotic cores and began replicating madly, in several cases killing the malignant tissue. In three of 16 dogs treated with the C. novyi, tumors disappeared altogether and the animals were cured. In three...
  • Boston Researchers Train Bees To Detect Diabetes

    08/16/2014 7:30:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Dr. Mallika Marshall
    “Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, not only in the U.S. but worldwide,” says Dr. Allison Goldfine, a diabetes specialist at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is helping foreign graduate students Tobias Horstmann and Juliet Phillips with their research project. They’re trying to use bees to sniff out diabetes. In collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, they are using a device to house the bees and observe the bees’ reaction. If a patient breathes into the device and acetone is detected, the bees stick out their tongues in response.
  • Pioneering new injection to cure heart failure without need for major surgery

    08/11/2014 11:13:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients - and could even consign heart transplants to history. Researchers hope to increase levels of SERCA2a, a protein in heart muscle cells that plays an important role in heart muscle contraction The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients. Heart transplants could even be consigned to history thanks to a trial by Imperial College, London, which aims to show for the first time that gene therapy could repair failing organs....
  • US government, military research program helped identify experimental Ebola treatment

    08/05/2014 7:05:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/05/2014
    The experimental drug used to treat two American aid workers who have been infected with the Ebola virus has never been tested on humans before and was only identified earlier this year as part of an ongoing research program backed by the U.S. government and military. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have each received doses of the drug, known as ZMapp, aimed at boosting the immune system's efforts to fight off Ebola and is made from antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the virus. The Associated Press reported that Writebol, 59, had received two doses of...
  • Scientists Discover Newest Unknown Global Change Problem that Needs an Unknown Amount of Money

    07/02/2014 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Scientists are desperately scrambling to face the newest “global change” problem: plastic in the ocean. A recent expedition involving over 400 scientists from around the world has discovered that there is plastic in ALL of the world’s oceans. Really. ALL of them. Oceans, not scientists. “The findings reveal that plastic pollution is far more widespread than first thought,” says Science World Report. “Rather than being in isolated pockets of the ocean, it's a global problem. It's clear that steps need to be taken in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste currently winding up in our world's oceans. A...
  • The Racket of Guest Workers

    06/03/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president, just hurled a challenge to Republicans. If they don't pass amnesty for illegal aliens, they "shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016." Somebody probably told him that outrageous statement was a gaffe, which means the inconvenient revelation of an embarrassing viewpoint, so Donohue tried to pass off his threat as a joke. But it isn't funny: Donohue's big-business members want us to import more low-paid workers, and they want them now, suggesting that this fall's lame duck session of Congress would be a good time to implement this racket. And it...
  • Full Disclosure: Did Government’s Experiment on Preemies Hide Risks?

    06/03/2014 7:55:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 3, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Sharrissa Cook gave birth to a critically ill baby boy. Dreshan weighed in at a fragile 1 pound, 11 ounces. He lay motionless in the incubator, connected to tubes and monitors in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. “He was so tiny,” Cook recalls. “I was a first-time mom. I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know what to expect.” It was Oct. 11, 2006. Medical personnel asked Cook, then a 26-year-old single mother, to enroll little Dreshan in a study. She says they described it as...
  • Walking consumes more gasoline than driving

    06/02/2014 10:49:10 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 8 replies
    Brad Ideas ^ | 6/2/14 | Brad
    Note to new readers: This article explores the consequences of using so much fuel to produce our food. If you come out of it thinking it’s telling you to drive rather than get some exercise, you didn’t read it!
  • Dozens of Dems Defect, Join GOP on Research Tax Cut [Hoyer decries lack of fiscal responsibility]

    05/11/2014 8:11:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 9, 2014 | Emma Dumain and Daniel Newhauser
    Scores of Democrats rebuffed the White House and their own leadership on Friday, voting for a bill to permanently extend a tax cut encouraging companies to invest in research and development. The vote passed 274-131, with 62 Democrats breaking with their party to vote with all but one Republican to pass the bill. President Barack Obama’s administration and House Democratic leaders had panned the bill because it does not offset the cost of the tax credits. The administration issued a veto threat earlier this week. The defections are particularly striking because at a private meeting immediately preceding the vote, House...
  • Lab mice fear men but not women, and that's a big problem for science

    04/28/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 33 replies
    TheVerge.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Arielle Duhaime-Ross
    The history of science is one chock-full of mice and men. Historically, biological and medical research has largely depended on rodents, which provide scientists with everything from cells and organs to behavioral data. That's why a new study in which researchers found that mice actually fear men, but not women, has the potential to be so disruptive. It might mean that a number of researchers have published mouse studies in which their results reflect this male-induced stress effect — and they know nothing about it. "People have not paid attention to this in the entire history of scientific research of...
  • The poor neglected gifted child

    03/20/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 89 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 16, 2014 | By Amy Crawford
    In a recent paper, Lubinski and his colleagues caught up with one cohort of 320 people now in their late 30s. At 12, their SAT math or verbal scores had placed them among the top one-100th of 1 percent. Today, many are CEOs, professors at top research universities, transplant surgeons, and successful novelists. That outcome sounds like exactly what you’d imagine should happen: Top young people grow into high-achieving adults. In the education world, the study has provided important new evidence that it really is possible to identify the kids who are likely to become exceptional achievers in the future,...
  • Another case of academic fraud highlights cheating in the sciences

    03/11/2014 1:23:49 PM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 3-11-2014 | Shane Cessna
    Another case of academic fraud highlights cheating in the sciences by Shane Cessna Many people think that science is about impartial observation and the reporting of facts. But scientists, like all human beings, have biases, agendas and belief systems that cause them to interpret facts in a certain way. It’s normal for people to want to also convince others of what they believe, and unfortunately they sometimes stretch the point in trying to get others on board. Also, in the research world it’s all about tenure and funding. If one makes a spectacular claim or find, money and notoriety often...
  • Feds want to track your DNA like a license plate

    02/15/2014 5:53:46 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 22 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 15, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Seek 'biosignature' spying ability to 'identify, locate specific individuals'The federal government doesn’t just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well. Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, WND has learned the federal government is planning an even more invasive spy program using “physiological signatures” to track down individuals. The goal of this research is to detect – as well as analyze and categorize – unique traits the government can exploit to “identify, locate and track specific individuals or groups of people.” According to...
  • Mind-Blowing, Life-Saving Research

    01/23/2014 4:12:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    My mother's father died of cancer before I was born. My mother was pregnant with me, but had not told her father that she was to have a second child. The story I've been told is that they opened him up to remove the cancer -- and found it everywhere. They closed him back up and sent him home to die. Both of my mother's brothers died of cancer. All three of these men were heavy smokers, one ignored the signs of potential trouble for years, and all three died from cancer. My mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1978...
  • Custom Writing Service Says Students 'No Longer Have to Face the Burden of Academic Coursework'

    01/20/2014 10:22:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 94 replies
    CNS ^ | 1-20-14 | Susan Jones
    A Dallas-based company that writes research papers, essays and other classroom assignments -- so students don't have to -- says it is doing so well that it has expanded its staff from just a few writers to more than 100 in the past year. The company bills itself as the one "students trust to write professional, in-depth and plagiarism-free essays that receive the highest grades for all levels of coursework...so they no longer have to face the burden of academic coursework." It says the writing is done for an "affordable" fee; and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American...
  • Getting close and personal: Researchers, drug companies are ganging up for a new push against cancer

    01/04/2014 8:08:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Economist ^ | 01/04/2014
    “THERE is no treatment.” This is the conclusion of an Egyptian papyrus, written around 3000BC, that is the oldest known description of the scourge that is now called “cancer”. And so, more or less, it remained until the 20th century, for merely excising a tumour by surgery rarely eliminates it. Only when doctors worked out how to back up the surgeon’s knife with drugs and radiation did cancer begin to succumb to treatment—albeit, to start with, in a pretty crude fashion. Now, however, that crudeness is rapidly giving way to sophistication, as a new wave of cancer treatments comes to...
  • Study in India: oral contraceptives dramatically increase risk of breast cancer (by 950%)

    01/03/2014 3:57:17 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 2, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Times of India: Women who take oral contraceptives regularly are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to others, shows a study by AIIMS doctors. Breast cancer risk was found to be 9.5 times more in women with a history of consuming such pills. Early menstruation cycle, late marriage and lower duration of breastfeeding were the other major factors responsible for the disease amongIndians, according to the study published in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Cancer.The study was conducted on 640 women, of which 320 were breast cancer patients.“We found long-term use of...
  • Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants

    12/26/2013 12:54:18 PM PST · by oh8eleven · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2013 | 3:00pm | Andy Soltis
    Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit serum produced disease-fighting antibodies, officials said. The bogus findings helped Han’s team obtain $19 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, said James Bradac, who oversees the institutes’ AIDS research.
  • Teen pot use could hurt brain and memory, new research suggests

    12/16/2013 9:17:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Brian Alexander
    Teenage pot smokers could be damaging brain structures critical to memory and reasoning, according to new research that found changes in the brains of heavy users. Research released Monday in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin showed the brains of young heavy marijuana users were altered in so-called sub-cortical regions — primitive structures that are part of the memory and reasoning circuits. And young people with such alterations performed worse on memory tests than non-using controls, despite the fact that the heavy users had not indulged for more than two years, on average, before the testing. [Snip] When the groups were given...
  • New superconductor theory may revolutionize electrical engineering

    12/08/2013 6:38:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 6, 2013 | Bill Steele
    High-temperature superconductors exhibit a frustratingly varied catalog of odd behavior, such as electrons that arrange themselves into stripes or refuse to arrange themselves symmetrically around atoms. Now two physicists propose that such behaviors – and superconductivity itself – can all be traced to a single starting point, and they explain why there are so many variations. This theory might be a step toward new, higher-temperature superconductors that would revolutionize electrical engineering with more efficient motors and generators and lossless power transmission. -snip- Most subatomic particles have a tiny magnetic field – a property physicists call "spin" – and electrical resistance...
  • LSUHSC research finds combo of plant nutrients kills breast cancer cells

    11/30/2013 2:55:57 PM PST · by xzins · 56 replies
    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center ^ | 22-Nov-2013 | Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    Contact: Leslie Capo lcapo@lsuhsc.edu 504-568-4806 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center LSUHSC research finds combo of plant nutrients kills breast cancer cells New Orleans, LA – A study led by Madhwa Raj, PhD, Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells. The results, which also revealed potential treatment target genes, are published in the November 2013 issue...
  • A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (flawed nutrition "research")

    11/12/2013 9:03:39 AM PST · by edwinland · 10 replies
    the Scientist ^ | October 22, 2013 | Edward Archer
    Recently, I was the lead author on a paper demonstrating that about 40 years and many millions of dollars of US nutritional surveillance data were fatally flawed. In most research domains, such a finding might be monumental; yet in nutrition epidemiology—the study of the impact of diet on health, hereafter referred to simply as “nutrition”—these results are commonplace. In fact, there is a large body of evidence demonstrating that the systematic misreporting of energy and macronutrient intake renders the results and conclusions of the vast majority of federally funded nutrition studies invalid. So what is going on? Is such research...
  • Can science explain Tea Party rage? [another "study"]

    11/07/2013 12:38:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | Joshua Holland, BillMoyers.com
    A growing body of research suggests that we are a nation divided not only by partisanship or how we view various issues, but also by dramatically different cognitive styles. Sociologists and psychologists are getting a better understanding about the ways that deep seated emotional responses effect our ideological viewpoints. Last week, Moyers & Company caught up with Mother Jones science writer Chris Mooney, host of the Inquiring Minds podcast and author of The Republican Brain: the Science of Why They Deny Science – and Reality, to talk about what this research may tell us about the attitudes of those involved...
  • Scientists say babies remember lullabies played for them in the womb

    11/01/2013 11:30:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Oct 31, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Scientists say babies remember lullabies played for them in the womb by Kirsten Andersen Thu Oct 31 11:52 AM EST HELSINKI, Finland, October 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – There’s no shortage of products on the market designed to help parents expose their unborn babies to music. Experts and savvy marketers alike have long speculated that prenatal musical exposure might make babies smarter, or at least help them develop similar tastes to Mom and Dad. Others dismiss the “Mozart Effect” as a myth and a sales gimmick. A new study out of Finland, however, may send sales of belly-mounted headphones skyrocketing,...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Has Defeated Embryonic Stem Cells for Funding Priorities

    10/31/2013 12:28:31 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Life News.com ^ | 10/31/13 | Mallory Quigley
    Adult Stem Cell Research Has Defeated Embryonic Stem Cells for Funding Priorities by Mallory Quigley | LifeNews.com | 10/31/13 11:53 AMA new report released today by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) analyzes funding for stem cell research in California and Maryland to conclude that funding trends reflect the scientific community’s  view that the best hope for disease treatment and therapies lies with morally unproblematic, non-embryonic stem cells."For decades, stem cells obtained by destroying unique, living human beings were heralded for their potential ability to cure numerous diseases and conditions.  However, while funding for this morally objectionable research initially boomed, efficacious...
  • Adult Stem Cells Imitate Human Brain, Are Hope for Neurological Disorders

    10/31/2013 1:02:39 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Charlotte Lozier Institute ^ | September 3, 2013 | Nora Sullivan
    Adult Stem Cells Imitate Human Brain, Are Hope for Neurological Disorders Charlotte Lozier Institute on September 3, 2013 in Science & Medicine - No comments By Nora SullivanA study published last week has shown that adult stem cells derived from ethical sources can be used to create living tissues that imitate the developing human brain.  In their findings, published in the science journal Nature, researchers asserted that, by using human stem cells derived from skin cells, they were able to assemble brain-like pieces of living tissue.  These stem cells could prove to be an invaluable resource for the study and...
  • Whatever Happened to Science?

    10/28/2013 8:31:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/28/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    For the Baby Boomers, born under the halo of victory in World War II, and into the 1950s, one of the key themes was the promise of Science. Electrical power–courtesy of splitting the atom–would be so plentiful that consumers would simply pay a flat monthly fee, and the discovery of the structure of DNA meant (somehow, although this was never fully explained) that a cure for cancer was just beyond the horizon. The successful rollout of the Salk/Sabin polio vaccines would further demonstrate the great humanitarian power of Science, and its unblemished search for Truth. However, as the 1960s played...
  • Fusion, anyone? Not quite yet, but researchers show just how close we've come (hot fusion, not cold)

    09/24/2013 8:56:27 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 9/24/13
    The dream of igniting a self-sustained fusion reaction with high yields of energy, a feat likened to creating a miniature star on Earth, is getting closer to becoming reality, according the authors of a new review article in the journal Physics of Plasmas. Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) engaged in a collaborative project led by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, report that while there is at least one significant obstacle to overcome before achieving the highly stable, precisely directed implosion required for ignition, they have met many of the demanding challenges leading up to that...
  • Harvard study reveals gun control counterproductive

    08/23/2013 2:27:37 PM PDT · by sdnet · 22 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-08-20 | Steve Adcock
    Once again, a study from an organization that you would never accuse of being “gun-loving” or “right-wing” seems to disprove the myth that the availability of handguns increases murder rates. In fact, it doesn’t. The Harvard study attempts to answer the question of whether or not banning firearms would reduce murders and suicides. Researchers looked at crime data from several European countries and found that countries with HIGHER gun ownership often had LOWER murder rates. Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high. In fact, the murder rate in Russia...
  • Rating Church? 'Secret Shoppers' Helping Pastors

    08/20/2013 6:53:49 AM PDT · by xzins · 51 replies
    CBN ^ | August 20, 2013 | Efrem Graham
    You have no doubt heard of mystery shoppers who visit department stores and secretly evaluate customer service. Now, there is a new wrinkle to this old concept: Pastors are using it to improve people's experiences at their churches. "Even the American Medical Association recommends to their member doctor to have secret patient shoppers," Thomas Harrison said. Harrison is the founder of Secret Church Shopper, a firm that travels to churches across the country to secretly evaluate worship experiences. "I never know when the phone rings if it is New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or some other place," he said. "I...
  • Virginia Johnson, Widely Published Collaborator in Sex Research, Dies at 88

    07/26/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT · by Borges · 38 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/25/13 | MARGALIT FOX
    Virginia E. Johnson, a writer, researcher and sex therapist who with her longtime collaborator, William H. Masters, helped make the frank discussion of sex in postwar America possible if not downright acceptable, died on Wednesday in St. Louis. She was 88. Her son, Scott Johnson, confirmed the death, The Associated Press reported. Dr. Masters was a gynecologist on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis when he began his research into human sexuality in the mid-1950s. Ms. Johnson, who joined him in 1957 after answering an advertisement for an assistant, worked alongside him for more...
  • Cancer Scientists Prove Long-Standing Theory on How Cancer Spreads

    06/30/2013 8:57:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    SciTech Daily ^ | June 28, 2013 | Staff
    A newly published study shows that white blood cells and a cancer cells can fuse and initiate a tumor, providing the first proof in humans of a long proposed theory.Yale Cancer Center scientists, together with colleagues at the Denver Police Crime Lab and the University of Colorado, have found evidence that a human metastatic tumor can arise when a leukocyte (white blood cell) and a cancer cell fuse to form a genetic hybrid. Their study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, may answer the question of how cancer cells travel from the primary tumor’s site of origin to distant organs...
  • Incomplete Nature gun article correction puts agenda over truth

    06/27/2013 5:54:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    “The News Feature ‘The gun fighter’ wrongly implied that blogger David Codrea had ‘outed’ gun researcher Garen Wintemute,” a correction issued in the June issue of the science journal Nature admitted. “Wintemute had in fact publicized his own work before Codrea’s 2007 blog post.” Following in the agenda-driven footsteps of political media, Nature, ostensibly a fact-driven and unbiased scientific journal, has jumped on the “gun control” bandwagon, at least that part of it bemoaning a lack of federally-funded “gun violence” studies, with a profile on anti-gun researcher Dr. Garen Wintemute by correspondent Meredith Wadman in its April issue. That article,...
  • Researchers Propose Calorie Tax

    06/26/2013 9:55:51 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 33 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | June 26, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    The National Bureau of Economic Research has come up with a great new idea: let’s tax calories to make people thinner! “Raising the price of a calorie for home consumption by 10 percent may lower the percentage of body fat in youths about 8 or 9 percent, according to new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research,” writes Peter Whoriskey for the Washington Post. This is just another example of how liberals, in an effort to make a better society, abhor, and often actively confute, market forces to promote their own social agendas. “The new research, which focused on...
  • Children’s media use cuddly animals to reinforce racist and socially dominant norms, researcher says

    06/13/2013 12:36:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    (Canada) National Post ^ | June 13, 2013 | Sarah Boesveld
    Parents who read their kids stories about happy, human-like animals like Franklin the Turtle or Arthur at bedtime are exposing their kids to racism, materialism, homophobia and patriarchal norms, according to a paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Most animals portrayed in children’s books, songs and on clothing send a bad message, according to academics Nora Timmerman and Julia Ostertag: That animals only exist for human use, that humans are better than animals, that animals don’t have their own stories to tell, that it’s fine to “demean” them by cooing over their cuteness. Perhaps...
  • SUPREME COURT: Big Biotech Can't Patent Your DNA

    06/13/2013 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    BI ^ | June 13, 2013
    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that our natural DNA can't be patented, in what the influential SCOTUSBlog called "a significant patent ruling for the biotechnology industry." The high court did stike some middle ground by ruling that synthetic DNA can be patented. "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA [synthetic DNA] is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring," according to the court ruling written by Justice Clarence Thomas.
  • Feds Spend $402,721 on Underwear That Senses Cigarette Smoke

    05/07/2013 9:46:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $400,000 to a research project involving underwear that can detect when a person smokes cigarettes. The University of Alabama has received two grants totaling $402,721 for the project, which so far has produced a “very early prototype” of the monitoring system, which -- in its current state -- fits like a vest. The goal of the three-year study is to “develop a wearable sensor system comprised of a breathing sensor integrated into conventional underwear.” The Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT for short) is intended to accurately measure when and...
  • FREEPER HELP: BEST BACKGROUND CHECK ENGINE?? (BRIEF VANITY)

    04/04/2013 10:06:00 AM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 16 replies
    BRIEF VANITY | 4/4/13 | Self
    FREEPER HELP PLEASE: Asking our FR legal-beagles.... ...attorneys, investigators, claims adjusters... (stand-up comics, kibbitzers, and crackpots also welcome to chime in...) I am researching a person who has demanded an extroardinary insurance settlement-- ...for a very minor collision several years ago. Spidey-sense says possible fraud in the works; perhaps an experienced scammer. SOoo... ... homework required on personal/criminal/prior claims background??!!? What is the BEST background check research engine? (1) Most thorough? (2) Most reliable? (3) Secure inquiry & transaction? (4) Bang for the buck?
  • In gun debate, lots of emotion but little solid research

    03/10/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-10-13 | megan boldt
    Do guns make people safer or more susceptible to violence? Does banning assault-style weapons or expanding background checks save lives, or are such measures merely inconveniences for law-abiding gun owners? These are just some of the questions in the debate over gun control, with advocates and foes lobbing a dizzying number of statistics and studies to make their case. Often, those facts and figures contradict one another. The lack of objective research on gun violence has become evident as Minnesota and the nation grapple with a slew of proposed changes to gun laws after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that...
  • Mgr of UT SW’s animal research committee files whistleblower suit after alleging non-compliance

    11/20/2012 10:17:47 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/19/12 | Robert Wilonsky
    For the last few years, Donna Pulkrabek was the manager of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a group of scientists and vets and other folks tasked with keeping an eye on how the school treats its animal research subjects, among them dogs, goats, frogs and sheep and mice. It was her job to make sure UTSW complies with Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines concerning the treatment of animals....
  • The Shroud of Turin The Holographic Experience (1 Minute Amazing Video)

    11/17/2012 11:28:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Shroud 3D.com ^ | Dr. Petrus Soons
    This website summarizes work connected with digitizing Shroud photographs taken by Giuseppe Enrie in 1931, enhancing the digitized images to improve details, translating the enhanced images “gray scale data into depth data”, generating a sequence of up to 625 images of each of these, and combining these images with a Holoprinter to produce holograms (3D images) of the Shroud. It also summarizes my study of these holograms and discovery of heretofore unseen details, which confirm many previous findings and reveal some suprises.
  • Concealed-carry saves lives, gun advocates say(TX barf alert)

    09/17/2012 7:45:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | 15 September, 2012 | Dan Freedman
    WASHINGTON -- In the wake of mass shootings this summer, a fusillade of a different sort erupted when gun-rights advocates suggested an audience member with a concealed weapon might have saved the day. After gunman James Holmes opened fire in a crowded Aurora, Colo., theater, killing 12 and wounding 58, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, wondered whether an armed movie patron "could have stopped this guy more quickly." Later, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate, called Gohmert's view "nonsensical." This exchange shows how far the gun debate has come since the days when it was centered on the...
  • COMPLETE VETTING OF OBAMA: A CHALLENGE TO MSM

    09/13/2012 7:00:17 AM PDT · by hoosiermama · 90 replies
    freeper research | Sept 13,2012 | Hoosiermama with freeper research
    Many conservative news people have talked about Obama NOT being vet the last election and it appears that even the authors looking into his history have neglected to thoroughly investigate one area. The Clinton’s, like good magician assistance distracted with the help of lawyer, Phillip Berg…Look over here! Look at his birth certificate! Those who attempted to look into that fact were ridiculed or ignored. In an attempt to ignite research facts and questions follow. “Where did the Dunham family get the money to travel?” asked one blogger who listed many on the family trips to and through Asia. http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/barack-hussein-obama-ii-child-of-privilege/...
  • UT finds no scientific misconduct in study on gay parenting

    08/30/2012 11:32:10 AM PDT · by FL2012 · 9 replies
    Statesman ^ | August 29, 2012 | Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
    A University of Texas faculty member did not commit scientific misconduct in connection with his study that raised doubts about gay parenting, the university has concluded. As a result, no formal investigation of allegations against Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology, is warranted, UT announced Wednesday.
  • James holms, research, the problem with going native.

    08/02/2012 9:00:32 AM PDT · by Rage cat · 18 replies
    There is no inherent thing in a person that prevents them from carrying out acts of killing, or mass destruction. The thing that restrains a person is their upbringing. The morality and ethics that they are taught when they are growing up. That fact becomes all the more important when they enter a field of study where they are dealing with the very perception of reality that those morals are based on. There has been a long standing problem in research. That is the tendency for the researcher to go native. A researcher has to study the interaction from an...